The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department said it arrested eight people early Friday as part of ongoing investigations into the manufacture of methamphetamine in the county.
Willie Boyer, 31, of Niota and Jared Schiedel, 27, of Donnellson were taken into custody on federal arrest warrants. Boyer was arrested at his home while Schiedel was arrested at a home in Fort Madison and brought back to Hancock County.
Each is charged with Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine. They were arrested on no bond warrants and are scheduled to appear in court on Monday, April 7.
Another person was arrested after a search warrant was served in Niota. Rodney Monroe, 37, of Niota is charged with Possession of Methamphetamine Manufacturing Material.
Five others were arrested after a search warrant was executed in LaHarpe. Melissa Squire, 37, of LaHarpe; Shane Taft, 28, of LaHarpe; William Carey, 23, of Mount Sterling; Brian Slowick, 42, of Nauvoo; and Tim Fye, 40, of LaHarpe, are each charged with Participation of Methamphetamine Manufacturing.
The sheriff’s department said an active meth lab was found in the house in LaHarpe.
The department said 15 other agencies assisted in the investigation, and it anticipated making more arrests.